It now seems that the guys over at Engadget have got even more proof of the Google phone. The real Google Phone that is actually called Nexus One and is made by HTC. In fact, has previous pictures have shown, the hardware is extremely similar to previous HTC Snapdragon phones. But this is all Google at work.
The device is pretty thin and photos confirm this. There are not many physical buttons but there are permanent touch sensitive ones on the face. There is one physical button on the face and there is a volume rocker on the side. The phone identifies itself as the Nexus One in the photos and it is running a new version of the Android — 2.1. This new version adds new features to the UI. There are 3D elements in this version and a new grid icon at the bottom of the homescreen brings up a collection of preview cards for the pages on the homescreen, a la Palm WebOS. It also has Google Navigation, which is expected and Google Goggles — the visual search feature that was recently release. The big camera is probably going to help the phone to produce more readable images for visual search. It does look too big for a phone.
Original article below:
Rumors have been flying all over the internet recently about the possibility of Google releasing their own phone. Well now it appears that we may actually be getting this “Google Phone”. Google confirmed in a blog post that they have distributed an unreleased Android based phone to it’s internal developers.
Vice president of product management Mario Queroz said that Google employees are using “a device that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android,” but that this phone is “exclusively for Google employees,” not for consumers.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that mobile phone manufacturer, HTC would be releasing a phone called the ” Nexus One “next and the software in it will be entirely designed by Google. Also, the Journal reported that Google were aiming to sell the device direct to the consumer, cutting out the carriers and offering the device unlocked to all networks.
However Techcrunch are saying that the device will be known as the ” Google Phone ” but also confirmed that the phone will be sold unlocked and direct form Google.
And over at Cnet, CNET TV Associate Producer Jason Howell, who had a very brief hands-on with the gadget Friday night and first relayed the news on Twitter, confirms that the “mobile lab” device is an HTC phone running the Android 2.1 operating system.
In his brief hands-on with the device he noted that it looked like the HTC Touch, only thinner and had the familiar track ball and navigation buttons. Unfortunately he didn’t get a chance to explorer the new Android 2.1 interface, had did notice animated wall papers, and visual enhancements to the user interface as well as a rear facing camera. Oddly, he didn’t notice any Google logo on it.
TechCrunch published additional, though unconfirmed, details, including a Snapdragon processor, an OLED touch screen, and a voice-to-text feature, while TheUnlockr posted leaked photos. The Google Phone is said to be coming in January 2010